Whether Padma Lakshmi will be donning a cowboy hat remains to be seen, but we know she'll be saddling up with the regular judges chef Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and new two new faces -- famed chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse and critically acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson. Emeril is known for bringing the heat, and Hugh's certainly not known for holding back (just relive some of his best zings from his run on Top Chef Masters for a refresh), so it seems like they'll fit right in.
Locations include Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Fans can tune in to Season 9 Top Chef on Bravo TV this fall.
Here's hoping we see some of our favorite fresh chefs and plenty of fresh, natural, organic, local, sustainable ingredients.